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Reuters: Russia’s Dzagoev eyes knockout stage return

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Russia midfielder Alan Dzagoev, who injured his hamstring in the 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the World Cup’s opening match, is hoping to be fit if his team reach the knockout stage. Read more here. The post Reuters: Russia’s Dzagoev eyes knockout stage return appeared first on KyivPost.

Associated Press: Sweden coach apologizes over ‘spying’ squabble with Koreans

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Sweden coach Janne Andersson says one of his staff got into a closed South Korea training session and was asked to leave, leading to a squabble between the teams over spying ahead of their World Cup game on Monday. Read more here. The post Associated Press: Sweden coach apologizes over ‘spy...

Politico: Mattis talks tough on Russia as Trump weighs Putin summit

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis blasted Russia on Friday for its disruptive actions on the world stage — even as the commander in chief seeks closer ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Read more here. The post Politico: Mattis talks tough on Russia as Trump weighs Putin summit appeared first...

Associated Press: UK, Russia police look beyond poisoned spy spat at World Cup

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Just as Bob Green was about to leave for a World Cup voyage across Russia, it became tense in the England supporter’s household, as his girlfriend worried about his safety. Read more here. The post Associated Press: UK, Russia police look beyond poisoned spy spat at World Cup appeared first on Ky...

New York Times: Hunger strike creates unwanted backdrop for Russia during World Cup

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A praised Ukrainian film director imprisoned in Russia has been turning down food for a month, attracting international support and creating an unwanted backdrop for Moscow as the World Cup is underway. Read more here. The post New York Times: Hunger strike creates unwanted backdrop for Russia du...

Financial Times: Elon Musk wins contract to build high-speed Chicago rail link

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Elon Musk’s idea for defeating congestion by tunnelling underneath it seemed like a joke when he first tweeted about it from a traffic jam in December 2016. Read more here. The post Financial Times: Elon Musk wins contract to build high-speed Chicago rail link appeared first on KyivPost.

Reuters: US warns Americans of terrorism threat at World Cup in Russia

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The U.S. State Department warned Americans on Friday that terrorists may target World Cup venues in Russia, which is hosting the month-long football tournament, but it did not point to any specific threat. Read more here. The post Reuters: US warns Americans of terrorism threat at World Cup in Ru...

Associated Press: Slovenia says parliament to hold first session since election

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Slovenian lawmakers will convene next week for the first time since an election earlier this month which saw a right-wing party make strong gains. Read more here. The post Associated Press: Slovenia says parliament to hold first session since election appeared first on KyivPost.

The Sun: Russian photographer’s shots show the bleak underside of the World Cup host

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Russian photographer Dmitry Markov, 35, from Pushkino seeks to “show the beauty of ordinary life” with his snaps. Markov’s bleak depiction of Russia’s grittiest streets has sparked waves of backlash on his Instagram account. Read more here. The post The Sun: Russian photog...

Author Stephen King calls for release of ‘unjustly imprisoned’ Sentsov

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As the FIFA World Cup football competition begins in Russia, internationally acclaimed U.S. horror writer Stephen King has joined the list of famous people urging Russia to release the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov. On June 14, the day of the official FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Moscow ...

New York Times: Workers flee and thieves loot Venezuela’s reeling oil giant

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Thousands of workers are fleeing Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, abandoning once-coveted jobs made worthless by the worst inflation in the world. And now the hemorrhaging is threatening the nation’s chances of overcoming its long economic collapse. Desperate oil workers and criminals are als...

The Guardian: In spite of Robbie Williams’ middle finger, Russians enjoy dream World Cup opening

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The first day of the 2018 World Cup went off almost without a hitch for the hosts, Russia, with a barnstorming victory after a brief but polished opening ceremony which even a rude gesture by Robbie Williams could not derail. The biggest worldwide event held in Vladimir Putin’s Russia began with ...

New York Times: As uncertainty rises, European Central Bank pulls back on easy money

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A trade war with the United States looms. Populists have taken power in Italy, posing a new threat to the euro. Growth is sluggish, and there is even talk of another banking crisis. It would not seem the ideal time to put the brakes on Europe’s economy. But that is what the European Central Bank ...

Washington Post: The World Cup has worsened, not improved, Putin’s ties with the West

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Vladimir Putin exulted in Zurich during a news conference organized after officials from FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, had announced his country had won the bid to host the World Cup in 2018. It was December 2010. Though the highly anticipated vote had been trailed by accusations o...

BBC: World Cup 2018 – I’m going to Russia to show LGBT fans it’s OK to be who you are

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This summer I’m joining around 10,000 other England fans in Russia to cheer on the Three Lions. After clashes between England and Russia fans during Euro 2016, we’re all going to have to have our wits about us. But, because I’m gay, I’m going to have to be extra careful. R...

Sentsov’s hunger strike gives hope to 71 Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia

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When the World Cup 2018 football championship started in Russia on June 14, Russia’s now-famous political prisoner Oleg Sentsov was 32 days into his hunger strike. Sentsov, the 41-year-old Ukrainian film director and writer, is a political prisoner, sentenced to 20 years in prison in a sham trial...

Reuters: Militias guarding World Cup have links to Kremlin’s foreign wars

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Russian paramilitary units providing security for the soccer World Cup included among their members Cossack fighters who took part in clandestine campaigns in Ukraine and Syria that Kyiv and Washington condemn as backed by Moscow. Read more here.  The post Reuters: Militias guarding World Cup hav...

RFE/RL: Georgia’s acting finance minister nominated as next prime minister

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Georgia’s ruling party named acting Finance Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze as a candidate to become the next prime minister, a day after the resignation of the cabinet following a series of anti-government protests in the capital, Tbilisi. “We will accomplish the historic choice of the Geo...

Washington Post: Putin and Russia get their 1st win at the World Cup

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Vladimir Putin craves sporting glory, and he got another taste of it in the opening match of the World Cup. Russia ended a 16-year wait for victory in the tournament by routing Saudi Arabia 5-0 June 14 in Group A, with the Russian president watching from the VIP box alongside FIFA president Giann...

New York Times: Russia wants to play nice with foreigners. Just not too nice

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In recent weeks, Russia has been engaged in a concerted effort to tame its habitual xenophobic demons in anticipation of 500,000 foreign soccer fans descending on the country for the World Cup that started June 14. It has even organized classes on how to smile. But some lawmakers apparently misse...